Critic A.A. Gill, presenter Bruce Parry and documentarians Adam Curtis, Steve James and Nick Broomfield are among the names lined up for this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which takes place June 8-12.
Vanity Fair columnist Gill will be in conversation with BBC Storyville editor Nick Fraser on June 10, discussing the things he loves and loathes about documentaries; while the same day will also see Curtis discussing the inspiration behind his latest documentary All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace.
TV presenter Parry and documentarian Molly Dineen will both hold sessions in conversation, while James, Broomfield, John Akomfrah, Leonard Retel Helmrich and Morgan Spurlock will each host masterclass sessions. As previously reported, Spurlock’s POM Wonderful presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold will be the UK festival’s opening night film.
Elsewhere, in ‘The People’s Republic of KEO’ session on June 9, KEO Film’s creative director Andrew Palmer, MD Zam Baring and producer Will Anderson will be in conversation with Hamish Mykura, head of documentaries at UK terrestrial Channel 4.
The panel will be joined by celeb chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and will discuss the prodco’s work, including docs such as Exit Through the Gift Shop and Welcome to Lagos.
Finally, the ‘Bedlam Masterclass: The King’s Speech Got Made and Other Stories’ session, on June 11, will see Bedlam Productions’ Gareth Unwin and Simon Egan (The King’s Speech) examining how the demand for history films often results in documentaries that become dramas.